Youth held for threat to upload women's nude pictures

The East division police have arrested a 21-year-old youth who used to extort money from women under the threat of uploading their morphed nude pictures on social networking sites.

According to police, the arrested has been identified as Ahmed Ali, 21, a resident of Chennai. He had completed diploma in Automobile Engineering and was working with an automobile servicing unit. He quit the job around six months ago and since then Ali was unemployed.

Three days ago, a victim Meghana (name changed) approached Jeevan Bima Nagar police with a complaint stating that she came in contact with Ali through Whatsapp Messenger service. Soon they became friends on Facebook also. After a few days, Ali started demanding money from Meghana under the threat of uploading her nude morphed photographs into social networking sites if she did not pay up.

Meghana did not take the threat seriously. However, a friend of her told her that someone had posted a nude photo with her (Meghana’s) face on her Facebook page.

After realising it to be the handiwork of Ali, Meghana agreed to pay him Rs 20,000 for deleting the photograph. On Ali’s instructions, she credited the money to his bank account after which Ali deleted her photograph from the Facebook page. But, Ali again continued with his old trick and Meghana approached the police.

“We started tracking Ali’s his mobile phone and traced him to Chennai, from where he was arrested. During interrogation, Ali revealed that he used to obtain contact numbers of girls from his common friends” said a senior police officer, who was part of the investigating team.

He was using the nude pictures of women available on the Internet for creating morphed images, the officer added. Jeevan Bima nagar police have registered a case.

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